Matt Lohry

About Me 

I have had an interest in historic bridges for as long as I can remember. Around my childhood home in St. Louis County, MN, historic truss bridges were as plentiful as one could imagine--now, there are only a few left, and I regret not photographing and documenting many of the structures that have been in existence and have disappeared over the past 21 years that I have been driving. Now, I try to get out and photo-document the bridges that are left in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Hennepin and Fillmore counties lead the way in historic bridge quantity in the state, but on the other hand, many counties in the state have no historically valuable bridges at all, which is quite sad.

In addition to bridges, I love classic cars, particularly cars from the late '60's to early '70's cars from the Big 3. I had a 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that I'd owned since 1996, but sold in 2012.

Recent Updates 

Veterans Avenue Footbridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Lost Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Pedestrian walkway
November 10, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been removed and replaced.
Straight River IN 162 Bridge (Dubois County, Indiana)
Polygonal Warren w/ all verticals truss bridge over Straight River on IN 162
November 8, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
Forestville Road Bridge (Marquette County, Michigan)
Deck truss bridge over Dead River on HD Road
October 19, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated future prospects--this bridge was left standing next to its replacement.
Paint Rock River Relief Bridge (Madison County, Alabama)
Concrete tee beam bridge over Paint Rock River Relief on Old 431 Hwy
October 19, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated location--this bridge is just under a half mile north of the Paint Rock River bridge.
Runyon Street Bridge (Garland County, Arkansas)
Lost Concrete arch bridge over Hot Springs Creek on Runyon Street in Hot Springs
October 3, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post: bridge has been replaced
US61 Pigeon River International Bridge (Cook County, Minnesota)
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Pigeon River on US 61
September 14, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected bridge location--the old bridge was located in the community of Pigeon River, about 8 miles upriver from the current border crossing (about 5.8 miles west as the crow flies)
Embarrass River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Lost Warren with all verticals pony truss bridge over Embarrass River on CR 796
September 4, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Erie Canal Footbridge (Oneida County, New York)
Riveted Pratt through truss footbridge over Erie Canal on abandoned walk
August 9, 2018: Added
Little Colorado River Bridge (Coconino County, Arizona)
Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Little Colorado River on US 89
July 19, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge no longer exists. Replaced by UCEB in 2015.
Eisenbahn Trail - Milwaukee River Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Deck plate girder bridge over River Road and the Milwaukee River on Eisenbahn Recreational Trail
July 6, 2018: New photos
Arthur Road Bridge (Washington County, Wisconsin)
Timber stringer bridge over Canadian National Railroad on Lrd Arthur Road
June 24, 2018: Added
Otter Creek Bridge (Carlton County, Minnesota)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on Old Hwy 1/Hwy 3
June 18, 2018: New Street View added
Otter Creek Bridge (Carlton County, Minnesota)
Abandoned pony truss bridge over Otter Creek on Old Hwy 1/Hwy 3
June 18, 2018: Added
Yellow Medicine River Bridge (Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota)
Pratt pony truss bridge over Yellow Medicine River on CR 115
June 16, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge was removed in March 2013; no replacement was built.
Auburn Bridge (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Private driveway
May 10, 2018: New photos
Lowry Avenue Bridge (Old) (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Lost five-span through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Lowry Avenue (CR 153) in Minneapolis
May 2, 2018: New Street View added
Bee Creek Bridge (Chautauqua County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Bee Creek on Minor Ee.0-10.1, 7.0 mi. north and 2.0 mi. east of Niotaze
April 12, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected location
Bee Creek Bridge (Chautauqua County, Kansas)
Pony truss bridge over Bee Creek on Minor Ee.0-10.1, 7.0 mi. north and 2.0 mi. east of Niotaze
April 12, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected location
Branch Chikaskia River Bridge (Sumner County, Kansas)
2-span Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over a branch of Chikaskia River, 1.7 mi. west of Argonia
April 11, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
B&M - Atlantic Mills Bridge (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Lost Warren through truss bridge over North Canal on Boston & Maine Railroad
April 9, 2018: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected location—this bridge was just east of Broadway over the canal, not at Amesbury.
Frye Bridge (Beaver County, Pennsylvania)
Lost deck truss bridge over Mckinley Run on New York Avenue in Rochester
November 29, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post: this bridge no longer exists.
West Branch Sheepscot River Bridge (Lincoln County, Maine)
Lost girder bridge over West Branch Sheepscot River on Howe Road
November 4, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status per forum post—Bridge has been removed.
Troy Bridge (Lincoln County, Montana)
Pin-connected 11-panel Parker through truss bridge over Kootenai River on CR 071 in Troy
October 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Added truss type
Tainter Creek Bridge (Private) (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Tainter Creek on Private Driveway
October 6, 2017: New Street View added
Tainter Creek Bridge (Private) (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with all verticals bridge over Tainter Creek on Private Driveway
October 6, 2017: Added
Winneshiek Slough Bridge (Crawford County, Wisconsin)
Deck truss bridge over Winneshiek Slough and BNSF Railroad on WI 82
October 6, 2017: New Street View added
Muscoda Bascule Bridge (Grant County, Wisconsin)
Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wisconsin River on State Highway 80
October 6, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected adjoining county--this bridge crosses into Richland County, not Crawford County.
Mickley Avenue Overpass (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Lost tee beam bridge over Norfolk Southern Railway on Mickley Avenue
August 28, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Green River Bridge (Grant County, Wisconsin)
Pony truss bridge over Green River on WI 133
August 18, 2017: New Street View added
Cherrytree Run Bridge (Venango County, Pennsylvania)
Lost Pony truss bridge over Cherrytree Run on TR 587 (Harper Road)
June 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: GE shows new bridge here
Clark Fork Bridge (Sanders County, Montana)
Riveted 11-panel Parker through truss bridge over Clark Fork on CR 066
June 23, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Parker through truss
Long Meadow Bridge (Hennepin County, Minnesota)
Through truss bridge over Long Meadow Lake on a pedestrian walkway in Bloomington
June 18, 2017: New photos
Apple River Bridge (St. Croix County, Wisconsin)
Deck truss bridge over Apple River on WI 35/WI 64 in Somerset
June 18, 2017: New photos
North Branch Root River MN 250 Bridge (Fillmore County, Minnesota)
Lost Through truss bridge over North Branch Root River on MN 250
May 22, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status per forum post
Auburn Bridge (Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Private driveway
April 27, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status--this bridge has collapsed, putting its future at risk.
Lost Bridge (Miami County, Indiana)
2-span riveted Pratt through truss bridge over Eel River on CR 100 East
April 19, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated truss design
BNSF - Vermillion River Bridge (Clay County, South Dakota)
Through Girder Bridge over Vermillion River on BNSF Railway
March 24, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type
Narrows Creek Bridge (Sauk County, Wisconsin)
Lost Truss bridge over Narrows Creek on WI 23/WI 154
February 10, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected all info
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated basic information
Sloans Ferry Bridge (Gaston County, North Carolina)
Steel stringer bridge over Catawba River on U.S. Highways 29 & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard)
January 31, 2017: New photos
Sarpy Creek Bridge (Treasure County, Montana)
Pony truss bridge over Sarpy Creek on CR 011
January 26, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type--this is a Warren pony truss with all verticals
Prairie Dog Creek Bridge (Harlan County, Nebraska)
Through truss bridge over Prairie Dog Creek, 0.5 mi. north and 4.0 mi. west of Woodruff
December 14, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected state and county per Robert's post
Williams Fork River CR 330 Bridge (Grand County, Colorado)
4-panel Pratt pony truss bridge over Williams Fork River on CR 330
December 12, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated bridge type and description.
Platte Purchase Bridge (Platte County, Missouri)
Lost Cantilever through truss bridge over the Missouri River on Northbound US 69 in Kansas City
December 9, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Bridge has been replaced.
Warm Springs Road Bridge (Fremont County, Wyoming)
Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Big Wind River on Airport Rd. (CR 21)
December 7, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status and location--bridge has been replaced.
4th Street Bridge (OLD) (Dodge County, Wisconsin)
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Rock River on 4th St.
December 6, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated county--this location is in Dodge County.
West Swan River Bridge (St. Louis County, Minnesota)
Lost Pony truss bridge over West Swan River on CR 965
November 21, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: This bridge has been replaced.
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows no bridge here
Cannon Bottoms Road Bridge (North Truss) (Goodhue County, Minnesota)
Lost through truss bridge over Cannon River in Red Wing, northern of two truss bridges.
October 4, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: New GE imagery shows an incredible lack

Recent Comments 

Posted November 12, 2018

The deck also has longitudinal runner planks, which is indicative of a road bridge. Also, the portal bracing is not high enough to accommodate rail traffic.

Posted November 12, 2018

Mike,

A "mail order bridge" is a mass-produced, single-piece bridge built to a cookie-cutter pattern, welded together, and lifted into place with a crane. They are normally prefab trusses or arches and have no distinguishing features to set them apart from one another. This is one of two identical footbridges in this area; the other is about 1000 feet to the north over the same river. That bridge did not replace any previous bridge. I live around here, so I see these on a regular basis.

Posted November 10, 2018

Label me a damn fool for thinking this bridge might be around for the long term, as it was in a park-type setting and was in excellent condition—I drove by today and saw an ugly Walmart-inspired MOB where this bridge once stood!

Goodwin Bridge (Washington)
Posted October 19, 2018

Leslie,

Sadly, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one—like 99.9% of historic bridges that are “available for adaptive reuse”, it’s likely that no one will want to pony up the hundreds of thousands that it would cost just to move this monster—that $100,000 that they’re offering would likely not even cover mobilization of equipment. Additionally, building a proper substructure to support this would cost many hundreds of thousands more; I’m sure trying not to be a Debbie downer on this, but it’s looking pretty grim for this beauty :’(

Posted October 19, 2018

Robert,

The pictures that James took are of another bridge just north of the one you're referring to. I've corrected the pin location to reflect its actual location.

Posted September 3, 2018

This actually appears to be a deck plate girder with timber approaches.

Posted September 3, 2018

I’ve seen very large culverts and very small arches, so I don’t think the difference is related to size—I think the difference is in the construction—culverts are place-and-fill, where the entire structure (round or rectangular, metal or concrete) is dropped into place and filled over the top. Arches are built up like bridges. Even though corrugated steel was used, this to me is built up as a bridge, and qualifies as an arch.

Posted August 31, 2018

Apparently this road has been closed for only a couple of years...it's amazing how little time it takes for a road to look like it's been abandoned for a century after it closes.

Posted August 9, 2018

I wish I were closer to here--there is what appears to be a very old Pratt truss footbridge over the canal about a half-mile north of this location. Lat/Long coords:

43.134748° -75.674952°

Canal St. streetview shows a good view of the east end.

Posted June 28, 2018

The bridge in the postcard photo is probably the pre-1939 bridge. It looks markedly different than the current one.

Posted May 24, 2018

I don’t see any steel stringers—It looks like the original floor system is still in place and it still functions as a truss, which is good news; however, a center bent support was added at some point to help increase load capacity.

Auburn Bridge (Wisconsin)
Posted May 10, 2018

I stopped to see this bridge earlier today, and I wish I hadn’t. It’s a truly heartbreaking sight. Damage is far worse than I imagined. It would take a miracle worker to fix this one :’(

Bridge comment
Posted May 3, 2018

Just can’t keep the political crap out of this, can you!? And, as always, too YELLOW to put your real name with your asinine comment! Political whining is what Facebook is for, not Bridgehunter.

Posted May 2, 2018

I believe they’re “French” drains, likely installed because the road surface under the bridge is at a low point. A French drain is just a grate with gravel or other soil underneath that water can pass through to the ground water table. This drain type doesn’t require any plumbing to carry water away.

Posted April 23, 2018

It looks like there actually is some exposed rebar at the very top of Photo #11, indicating a concrete bridge.